se·​rac | \ sə-ˈrak How to pronounce serac (audio) , sā- \

Definition of serac

: a pinnacle, sharp ridge, or block of ice among the crevasses of a glacier

Examples of serac in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s this dynamic of fast and slow moving sections that creates ice seracs that are over 30 feet high and crevasses, some of which are over 150 feet deep. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, "Sherpas Injured in Everest's Khumbu Icefall," 26 Apr. 2018 After the serac collapsed, the damaged route was closed for two hours while a specialized team of Sherpas, known as the Icefall Doctors, climbed to the location with new ropes and ladders to make repairs. Alan Arnette, Outside Online, "Sherpas Injured in Everest's Khumbu Icefall," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of serac

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serac

French sérac, literally, a kind of white cheese, from Medieval Latin seracium whey, from Latin serum whey — more at serum

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“Serac.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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